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Rediscovering my love of film photography

I recently found the Ricoh SLR that I had trained on while in College and decided to load up a roll of 35mm film to see if the camera still worked.  There is a light leak on the left side of the frame… I’m still theorizing on how to compensate for it.  The results were pretty cool:

The view from the computer room at Bak Bak's house

View from the front window

Practicing his swing

I liked the lighting in this one, but the subject wouldn't stay still

Perhaps my favorite of the whole roll

Meeting up with friends in Berkeley

This is to make Kao-Foo jealous

Oh, yes.

Enjoying the bounty

Sproul Hall Fountain

Friends and a cup of sauerkraut

Being silly on the steps of Sproul

My next roll will be in Black and White.  We’ll see if that changes the light leak situation.

Tooth!



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Tooth!

Day 14: The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God

Just a small portion from our Bible Study for tonight.

When I get angry (which is not very often), I will often try to find a way to be indignant and justified in my anger.  I will have a darn good reason to be angry.  This is when the verse “in your anger, do not sin” comes out as a blanket permission statement to be mad.  “It doesn’t say DON’T be angry, it says WHEN…”

In this section, James is telling us that we need just shut up sometimes.

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (Jas 1:19-20, NASB)

When I came across these verses, it got me thinking about my righteous anger.  Though it is technically okay to get angry, James is telling us that this anger will rarely do us any good, and it definitely won’t help us to achieve the righteousness of God.  So, the long and the short of it: While it is okay for you to get angry, it is seldom constructive and does not help you become more Christ-like.

Deep theological discussions about Jesus at lunchtime:

Me: “… and because we asked Jesus to heal her, she’s feeling better now!”

E1: “Oh, yeah. Can Jesus do cartwheels?”

Me: “Yeah, I’m pretty sure he can.”

E1: “Does he have a car?”

Me: “I don’t think he has a car. Do you want to get him a car?”

E1: “Yes. A big car? Like yours?”

Me: “I think Jesus would want a smaller car. Do you want to put your car seat in Jesus’ car so he can drive you around?”

E1: “No. That’s silly.”

 

Day 13: A gentle word…

Wow, it’s really hard to keep up with this on the weekends.  Christina was on call on Friday, and we had a pretty busy weekend.  But no excuses, I was slacking off.

I had a chance to reflect on the words that do (or do not) come out of my mouth this weekend.  I have a tendency to hold my tongue more often than not.  That is to say, I am more comfortable not saying anything when I’m not sure of whether or not it’s a wise thing to say.  This has worked out for me for the most part, but I think that sometimes, it has proved to be my undoing.

Some verses that speak to this (no pun intended):

A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. (Prov 15:1)

A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit. (Prov 15:4)

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. (Prov 21:23)

And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. (Jas 3:6-10)

The last two verses seem to suggest that I would be better off not saying anything.  However, the first two verses actually encourage speech, it’s just the kind of speech that comes out that is under scrutiny.  When we exercise the gift of speech that we have been given, we should seek to make our words ones of grace, gentleness, and healing.  When we begin to allow our natural tendencies to take over, our speech will begin to become slanderous, hateful and harsh.

James uses an illustration of a salt water spring vs. a fresh water spring.  I really like this analogy, because of what it represents.  If you were to have a cup of fresh water and a cup of salt water, you would only need a few drops of the salt water in the fresh water cup in order to ruin the “freshness” of the fresh water.  However, no matter how much fresh water you pour into salt water, you will always be able to taste the salt.

We must be equally aware of how powerful negative speech can be.  We say one hurtful thing, and no matter how many good, healing, and graceful words we pile on top of it, that one negative word still has an effect on who we are and how we relate to the world around us.

To be sure, it is a tall task to rein in the tongue, but we should be diligent and continue to try.

Day 8/9: Learning to Walk

Yes, I realize I missed a day.

Most of yesterday was spent teaching E2 to walk.  It’s been fascinating watching his little brain work to try to figure out the mechanics of lifting one foot and balancing on the other all while not falling over.

It made me realize that as we walk around as adults all of the muscle movements and balance calculations happen automatically and sub-consciously.  The things that we learned at his age come so naturally to us, we hardly think about it.   Walking, though, is an incredibly complex activity, if you think about it.

In small group this week, we were talking about how when someone comes to know Jesus for the first time, they are finding joy in almost everything, and they are seeing God working in practically every aspect of their life.  Like E2 learning to walk, every time they learn how to use a new “muscle”, there is a great feeling of progress and satisfaction.

Have we lost something when we no longer think about what it feels like to experience the indwelling of Jesus and the Holy Spirit for the first time?  When we are full grown “walkers” in our faith, have we forgotten the sensations of taking those first few steps?

In a sense, we are supposed to “grow up”.  However, I think that if we can somehow recapture that innocent joy that I see on the face of my newly mobile son and in the lives of the newly redeemed, I think that every part of our lives will seem more significant and joy-filled.

Day 7: Sharing Stories of God’s Good Gifts

Bible Study tonight.  James 1:13-18.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

The long and the short of it: In order to avoid the trap of attributing the wrong things to God, we need to focus on His goodness and holiness.  We need to dwell on the good things of God, and we need to share the stories of the good gifts that God is lavishing on us.  When we do that, we will slowly start to get a better idea of who God is and learn to discern when it is Him acting in our lives and when it is not.

Try to find a good gift that has come down from the Father of Lights in your life today.